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DIGITAL DISGUISE IS THE HEIGHT OF FASHION

Published on: 30 November 2017 3 Comments

Wouldn't you like to be invisible, sometimes?

Dateline: 11 December 2025

Silicon Streetwear has launched a new range of fashion items for the privacy conscious. It's called Silicon Secrets, and keeps you safe from hackers and scanners. Your body has a natural aura; your heartbeat, skin temperature, the blood coursing through your veins; all combine to create a unique biometric signature, that identifies you as you. But you also have a digital aura; your wearables and devices, some of which may be implants. Your wireless aura not only identifies you, but reports on your ...

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SMART CLOSETS KEEP YOU COOL

Published on: 25 September 2014 2 Comments

Thinking Cupboards™ organize your stuff, and your life

Dateline: 24 September 2024

You'll never have to look for anything again. Now that everything's connected in the internet of things, the wardrobe knows which clothes are your favourite, and automagically sorts your sock drawer. Looking for your keys, sunglasses, hat, beanie or whatever? Just ask, and the Thinking Cupboard™ will retrieve it for you. Each item or article of clothing has one of those nanochips embedded. The ones that draw power from your smart home network, wirelessly of course. They're basically standard for ...

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LIFE IS A GAME YOU CAN WIN

Published on: 24 November 2011 16 Comments

Get bonus points for civic leadership and healthy living

Dateline: 19 September 2019

We have all become used to having everything tracked by our mobile devices and sensors. Wherever we go, our location is monitored. Whatever we do, a sensor somewhere is making a discreet note of it. Now you can score points in the real-time game of LIFE. Government and big brands have teamed up to help you win. This is how it works. You wake up in the morning. You get points for not snoozing after the alarm has gone, if it's a work day. You eat a healthy breakfast - more points. You walk to work, ...

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ADVERTISING DIES A SUDDEN DEATH

Published on: 23 June 2011

The new generation does not believe you anymore

Dateline: 2 April 2020

Visiting São Paulo in 2007, you would have been gob-smacked - a city free from advertising? Surely this was some kind of joke by an extreme right-wing government that would cause an outcry among first-world liberals? Well at first, yes. But 13 years later, most cities around the world have taken down their billboards, unplugged their electric signs and peeled back the stickers on taxi cabs and buses. Traditional advertising has died a sudden death, and no one is mourning its passing. But this isn't ...

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MY WIDGET WILL TALK TO YOUR GADGET

Published on: 28 April 2011 8 Comments

And then we'll do lunch, or dinner, or something similar

Dateline: 20 April 2020

But first my app will check my office calendar, the car's servicing schedule, the fridge reminders, my medication schedule, your healthy dietary requirements, the restaurant pricing guide, your schedule, the weather and Reuters alerts. You won't have to lift a finger, except to pick up the knife and fork. There isn't an app for that, yet. Now that there are more than 75 billion devices connected to the cloud (we don't call it the web anymore), it's useful to have an app that understands all your ...

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BIG GOOGLE IS WATCHING YOU

Published on: 9 November 2006 14 Comments

Watch that phone hanging from your employee's neck - it's a webcam!

Dateline: 19 April 2008

In the UK, Big Brother is watching, and shouting at you. Dutch TV is hounding someone caught sunbathing topless on Google Earth - so everyone now knows where she lives. WayMarkr provides software which automatically snaps your every move on your camera phone and sends it to your blog. So why are we surprised that every phone these days is a potential spy camera, recording and displaying everything we do? Who's watching all these videos? Why, everyone of course - it's easy with Google and ...

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TECHNOLOGY SAVES CHAMPION SURFER FROM SHARK ATTACK

Published on: 12 October 2006 1 Comment

People and endangered species fight back

Dateline: 19 August 2008

Surfing was suspended for two hours due to a shark scare during the final of the Billabong Pro surfing championship in Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa, yesterday. Organizers were alerted to the presence of a Great White shark thanks to a recently installed satellite-based tracking and warning system. Three-time Foster's ASP Men's World Tour champion, Mick Fanning, surprised judges by suddenly catching a rather mediocre wave to shore. "My Shark Buddy ankle bracelet started vibrating. I had to get ...

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PRINTABLE MEMORY PUTS FRAUDSTERS ON THE SPOT

Published on: 24 August 2006

Credit cards and passports get information and security boost

Dateline: 20 July 2008

The new MemoryJet printer from HP creates memory spots at the same time as it prints documents. The memory spots work in much the same way as the more simplistic radio-frequency identification tags, but are far smarter and more secure than RFID. The revolutionary feature of this printer is that it 'prints' the memory spot onto a document or card, simultaneously encoding the data on the document and its metadata, such as date of creation, author and encryption key. This makes it impossible to ...

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THE EMBARRASSMENT OF THE WORLD'S LAST SMART CARD USER

Published on: 21 October 2004

Perfect 'Neighborhood Security' at last

Dateline: 1 January 2010

For me, this is a somewhat embarrassing story. Here was your entrepid reporter, trying to pay at a restaurant, with my trusty smart card, worn thinner through years of use, its PIN firmly lodged in my brain. Then the waiter approached me. "May I see some form of identification, please sir?" "Uh, sure - Passport? ID? Driver's Licence?" "Any of those would be fine, as long as it has a photograph." "Well, it's all on my smart card you see...but so is my fingerprint, you could check that." "Yes, ...

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